British Isles made Sweet Eye Candy
This map is a real piece of eye candy – a model of the British Isles made completely from sweets.
Artist Paul Baker turned the UK into Sweet Britain using more than 4,000 sweets in a painstaking model that even includes iconic British landmarks such as Stonehenge and Tower Bridge.
The two-metre-long creation, which took two months to make, also features edible miniatures of the Angel of the North, Silverstone racetrack, the Loch Ness monster, Hadrian’s Wall and Mount Snowdon.
Food model artist Paul, 49, said the mouth-watering masterpiece took twice as long to make than planned because some of the sweets melted in the sun.
Paul, from London, said: ‘It was painstaking to get every sweet accurately placed in each region but the final result does look good enough to eat.
‘It didn’t help that we had some hot weather in May, which melted the boiled sweets we used.
‘The piece should last a long time because sweets are made of sugar, which is a preservative. You just can’t keep it in a very hot room.’
Paul’s ‘Sweet Map of the UK’ was made with dozens of different types of treats.
In a survey by Taveners Proper Sweets, 1,500 sweet-toothed Brits were asked for their favourite sweet, with the results mapped out according to each region’s favourite in Paul’s tasty creation.
People in the South East voted liquorice their favourite, Midlanders opted for jelly babies and the South-West and North-West declared wine gums their favourite sweet.
The Angel of the North, the 20m North-East icon in Gateshead, was recreated using toffees and mint humbugs.
Pre-historic Wiltshire monument Stonehenge is scaled down using green jelly babies and wine gums, while the Scottish Loch Ness monster is modelled using dolly mixtures.
Paul even managed to produce tiny versions of Tower Bridge and Silverstone race track with Liquorice Allsorts, complete with jelly baby driver for the legendary British race course.
He said: ‘The Angel of the North was the most difficult to create, it was amazing how the sweets worked so well to create it.
‘But the Loch Ness monster is my personal favourite as I could be a little bit more creative rather than accurate.”
Paul hopes to eventually donate the sugary UK replica to a children’s hospital.